Lang Lang is a pianist, educator, and philanthropist, equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing and for just a few hundred children in the public schools. He performs sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, and Simon Rattle and appears with the world’s top orchestras. He frequently steps into different musical worlds; his performances at the Grammy Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock were watched by millions. In 2008 he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live experiences.
In 2013 the Secretary General of the United Nations designated Lang Lang as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education. He was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos and named one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He has received honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. In December 2011 Lang Lang was honored with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. He received the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2016 he was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents.